Young Children’s Center for the Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit, licensed childcare facility and creative arts preschool program that has served the needs of more than 1,000 people in our Philadelphia community since 1987. YCCA is a nonsectarian preschool and daycare center, housed on the property of historic Old Swedes Church at Water & Christian streets and 1714 South 2nd street.  Our diverse population represents children from every neighborhood throughout Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs.

We are now full for the 2020-2021 school year at both YCCA and YCCAon2.  Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year will begin on 10/31/20 and we operate on a first come, first serve basis.  Please check back on our website on Halloween for the most up to date application. For all inquiries about enrollment, please contact Molly at YCCA@icloud.com.

YCCA has moved online for those who are not ready to send their kids back to school yet!  Right now, we are offering a free trial on our Padlet to test out and soon, we will have a subscription series available for daily, weekly, or monthly class options!  Check it out here: https://yccaon2.padlet.org/ycca4/fall2020

2020-2021 School Calendar

If you are interested in signing up for our Kreative Kids music classes, please email Katy Hutchings at Kreativekids@youngchildrenscenterforthearts.org.  All of the children enrolled in the Kreative Kids music classes or lessons get first priority for YCCA or YCCAon2 enrollment. For more information please visit the Kreative Kids website.

The Center’s mission is to enrich the lives of children from infancy through kindergarten through the participation in the creative and fine arts.  We accomplish this by providing a structured creative arts curriculum within an enhanced daycare environment.  Children’s motor, language, emotional and cognitive skills are developed through music, art and movement.  Each time ideas are presented through a different art form, learning becomes reinforced, and children’s expressive abilities are enhanced.  Young Children’s Center for the Arts is one of the few preschool programs in our area that not only accepts, but embraces, children with pervasive developmental disabilities in an inclusion program. YCCA offers both full-time and part-time preschool programs.

929 South Water Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147  l (215) 336-3324 l


1714 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148 l (267) 928 4808 l


YCCA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

Parent’s Page

Interested in enrolling your child at the Young Children’s Center for the Arts located at 929 South Water Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 on the site of Old Swedes Church in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia, PA. Or 1714 South 2nd Street? Download and complete the forms below to enroll.

YCCA now has a second location!  Our new location is located on 2nd and Watkins Street in Pennsport. YCCAon2 has the same amazing programs as our Old Swedes location, just in a brand new building!

YCCA and YCCAon2 are both currently full for the 2017-2018 school year.  If you are interested in the afternoon program, there are still a few spots available.

Afternoon Application

We would be happy to talk to you if you have any question about YCCA preschool. Please feel free to call us at (215)336-3324 or email us at ycca.enrollment@icloud.com.